We began our holiday in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast with a trip to level 77 of the Q1. This is where the SkyPoint Observation Deck is located.

From this high vantage point it is easy to take in the 360-degree view of the surrounding Gold Coast and Hinterland. Due to the high level it is possible to see up to around 60 kilometres in every direction on a clear day! These are amazing views.

Entry Prices (as at October 2012)

    General Admission     Day & Night Pass    Annual Pass (Locals-Only)
Adult     $21.00      $29.00        $29.00
Child (5-14 Years Inc)     $12.50      $16.50        $29.00
Pensioner     $17.00      $22.00        $29.00
Family Pass(2 Ad+2 Ch)     $54.50      $74.50          n/a

Hours of Operation

Sunday to Thursday: 9am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am to midnight each night

Note: Sometimes there are special events and functions on at the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Hence it is important to confirm that the night that you are planning your visit it will be open to the public.

Address: Corner of Clifford Street and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Qld
Parking: Approximately 50 Free parking spots are available under the Q1 for SkyPoint Observation Deck visitors. Entry is via Hamilton Avenue.

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After we walked around and enjoyed the gorgeous views, we decided to relax and grab some food at the cafe on the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Mum ordered a bowl of potato and leek soup. She gave me a taste of it and it was so delicious. I definitely will order this on our next visit.

Greg and I shared the high-tea for two. It came on a three-tiered metal stand and included fruit skewers, cakes, yummy sandwiches and, of course, scones, jam and cream! It was very tasty!

Each of us also enjoyed a banana milkshake and mum had a lemon, lime and bitters as well.

Not only do you get to relax and enjoy the delicious food and drinks, but you also can look out and take in the gorgeous views around you!

Shortly after we ate our snack, the sun began to set. It was really a beautiful sight! The orange glow in the sky and ball of sun descending behind the Hinterland, was so lovely.

Check out the video below to see for yourself.

Once the sun set we waited a little and then the lights of Surfers and the surrounding suburbs began to appear. Before long, right around the Q1 were beautiful scenes of night lights as buildings, cars and streets all began to glow.

We were really happy that we had decided to arrive in the afternoon in order to see the views by daylight. Then caught the beautiful sunset and then were able to see the colourful lights of the Gold Coast, so clearly from this great vantage point.

We recommend the SkyPoint Observation Deck at the Q1 as a great first stop on your holiday at the Gold Coast. This was you can gain your bearings and see where the different places are located that you are planning on visiting.

Note: Check for updated pricing and information at the SkyPoint Observation Deck website.

The next thing that we did on our Surfers Paradise holiday was to enjoy a relaxing 2-hour cruise on the waterways around Surfers and the Broadwater on Wyndham Cruises.

So tomorrow we will share with you about this cruise and our delicious Devonshire tea!

Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!

Leanne Annett <><

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